Friday, October 5,2018

Crystal Palace, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Workplace As a Strategic Tool

Workspace Design Conference is an experience-based, results-focused event bringing together professionals and business leaders who strive to create more efficient workspaces for their organizations.

A day full of questions and answers, challenges and solutions and best practice case studies from the local and international workplace strategy projects.

Alenka Kragelj Eržen

Kragelj Architects, Slovenia

Our Attendees

This event is designed for Business Leaders, Workplace Strategists, HR Professionals, Facility Managers, Real Estate Professionals, Interior Architects, Designers and other key people who want to improve performance, collaboration and talent retention in their organizations by matching design and technology with strategic vision and sound management.

Our speakers

Dr. Nigel Oseland

Managing Director
Workplace Unlimited, UK

Nigel Oseland is a workplace strategist, environmental psychologist and change manager who understands the human experience, specifically what sort of behaviors can lead to greater engagement in the workplace, more ideas and higher productivity. Nigel Oseland is a sought-after international speaker, and author of several papers and books, including “Improving Office Productivity – A Practical Guide for Business and Facilities Managers”. Back in 2003 he set up the Workplace Trends series of conferences which grew into a must-attend event for workplace design and management professionals. In 2018 Workplace Trends expaded to Copenhagen and New York. During his consulting career Nigel has worked with the world’s leading finance, retail and technology companies including BP, Shell, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, GSK, Morgan Stanley, IBM, and Visa International. He runs his workplace consultancy Workplace Unlimited, based in London, UK, and collaborates with Kragelj on workplace strategy projects in continental Europe.

Alenka Kragelj Eržen

Founder & Principal Architect
Kragelj Architects, Slovenia

Alenka Kragelj Erzen is an architect, workplace strategist, designer and project leader with 15 years of experience on projects for corporate clients. She is also a coach, change manager and workshop facilitator helping organizations and their people transition to new, more efficient ways of working. Alenka successfully managed extensive research, workplace design and office relocation projects for clients such as A1 and VIP Mobil (members of Telekom Austria Group), Outfit7, Grey Worldwide, Krka , Prva Group, Triglav Insurance Group, Medis, DARS, Unicredit, Sberbank and others. She passionately advocates for the idea of putting people in the center of workplace design. Alenka speaks at industry events, and has authored numerous articles on architecture, interior design and workplace design strategies.

Jure Vanič

Architect & Project Leader
Kragelj Architects, Slovenia​

Jure Vanic has worked on a diverse range of projects during his thirteen years as an architect at Kragelj. He is a workplace designer and project leader and has been responsible for managing complex projects, including A1 Slovenia, KMAG, Prva Group, Impakta, Grey Ljubljana, and others. Jure believes that good design makes a significant impact on how people work and live. Jure is passionate about architecture, new technologies, and ecology. He is always on top of new trends and loves projects that combine these three aspects. He believes that architecture should provide clean and straightforward solutions that allow buildings and rooms to breathe. They should use minimal energy, connect with nature, promote interactions between people and incorporate the principles of ergonomics. Jure also takes great interest in astronomy and creating music. He is fluent in English, German, Italian, Croatian, and Slovenian, and has a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Conference Agenda


Welcome and Introduction to Day

Boštjan Eržen


Designing for Performance and Innovation

Nigel Oseland




Creating Environmental Conditions for Maximum Efficiency

Jure Vanič


Examples of High-Performing Offices

Alenka Kragelj Eržen




Implementing Activity-Based Working and Agile Working

Nigel Oseland


Panel Discussion: Workplace as a Strategic Tool

– Luka Komazec, CEO of Resalta, Slovenia
– Metka Šemrl Dolenc, Head of Organization & Logistics at UniCredit Slovenia
– Graham Hayward, Former PwC Senior Partner, and Deloitte Managing Partner
Moderated by Dr. Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited


Closing remarks

Anamarija Rok



Sponspors & Exhibitors



Venue & Location

Crystal Palace

Feedback on WDC18

A perfect blend of practice and theory

“ The Workplace Design Conference was a perfect blend of practical examples and theoretical insights into workplace strategies and design. Through presentations, networking, and a lively panel discussion we learned about the importance of creating a work environment that fosters employee engagement and innovation. Which is really essential for any company’s success. “
dr. Katarina Katja Mihelič
Researcher, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics

I got a lot of great ideas

“ The link between psychology and physical spaces as explained to us by dr. Oseland was unknown to me, yet is completely logical. His presentations gave me a number of ideas on how to make our people at A1 feel better and more productive. A simple fact is that satisfaction with the work environment leads to more creativity and innovation. “
Ana Špec Brezovar
HR Expert, A1 Slovenija

Workplace design 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018
Crystal Palace, Ljubljana, Slovenia